Thursday, March 10, 2011

Daily Lenten inspiration, March 10, 2011 (Thursday after Ash Wednesday)

Transcript of homily recorded on March 10, 2011

By Father Tim McGowan

So in both our readings this morning, we are given a choice. Moses sets before the people a choice: I give you the choice of a blessing or a curse, life or death, and he encourages to choose life by keeping the commandments.

And in the Gospel, Jesus presents us a choice: following his way, which means self-denial — deny myself, taking up my cross — or choosing the way of the world, which leads nowhere. His life, the way he lived, is the way that God wants us to live. But we have a choice.

Now, we're here this morning, and we're here in this season of Lent, to try to strengthen that choice of ours, to choose life, to choose the way of Jesus who gave his life for us all. And we have the Eucharist here to nourish us and strengthen us during our Lenten journey. So, with the words of Moses and Jesus to encourage us, let us rise and offer our prayers of petition.

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